Quality decision-making is based on your decision-making skills, and we all can improve our decision-making skills. That is the purpose of this workshop. As with any skill, improvement requires learning and understanding how to perform the elements of the skill well and then practicing the techniques to do them well.
This workshop presents concepts and procedures to address six fundamental elements necessary for making quality decisions:
- defining the decision that you want to face,
- identifying your values for that decision to describe what you hope to achieve, and then stating each of your values as an objective,
- creating alternatives better than those that were obvious and easy to identify,
- being proactive in creating your own decisions, referred to as decision opportunities, to raise your quality of life above where it currently is,
- removing constraints of others on alternatives that you desire to pursue by constructing alternatives so that an authorized decision-maker (e.g. one’s manager) will support the alternative you desire to pursue, and
- providing a consistent guide for all of your decisions by describing how to identify, organize, and use your strategic life objectives.
Concepts and procedures to develop the decision-making skills mentioned above are thoroughly described and illustrated by numerous real applications. Each of the concepts and procedures are practical to use and rely only on common sense and focused effort. The workshop will also have several short exercises to stress key ideas and demonstrate their importance for improving your decisions. Much of the material presented in the workshop is discussed in my new book titled Give Yourself a Nudge: Helping Smart People Make Smarter Personal and Business Decisions published by Cambridge Press in 2020.
About Ralph L. Keeney
Ralph L. Keeney is an expert on decision making and his passion is to help individuals and organizations improve their decision making skills. He received his doctorate from MIT, has been a professor at MIT, the University of Southern California, and Duke University, and created and managed the decision and risk analysis group in an engineering-environmental consulting firm. He is currently a consultant and lecturer on decision making.
Keeney is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Waterloo in Canada. He is the author of several books; the most recent is Give Yourself a Nudge: Helping Smart People Make Smarter Personal and Business Decisions (2020).